All About Genting Highlands, Malaysia
You may have seen a lot of colourful advertisements of Genting Highlands in Malaysia. But have you wondered why tourists flock to Genting Highlands? It is after all an amusement park so where’s the Traveller’s Quotient about the resort? Well, I took a trip recently and found out the answer.
How To Start The Journey?
Bus from KL Sentral
- I assume you start your journey from KL Sentral Bus Terminal. Take the Go Genting Bus.
- The ticketing kiosk is located at the Lower Ground Floor of KL Sentral, below the escalator. Click for pricing details.
- Locate your Go Genting Bus by following the signs or you may ask anyone to show you the right bus.
- Food & Beverages are strictly prohibited (to consume inside the bus). The bus takes about 1 hour to reach the Lower Station of Genting Highlands from Kuala Lumpur city.
Genting Skyway – The Cable Car
Most buses, including the Go Genting bus, will drop you off at the Lower Station of Genting Highlands and you still have to make your way up the hill by the cable car or the Genting Skyway. If you choose to go there on a public holiday, be prepared to stand in a long serpentine queue. It took well above an hour for me to hop onto a cable car. It’s a 16 minutes ride.
On the way, just below the cable car route, the hill (“Highland”) is landscaped beautifully with artificial toadstools, colourful mushrooms and miniature sculptures. You may even spot some life-size Rafflesias …….. not the real ones, ofcourse!
A Lot To Do There
Whether a “tourist” or a “traveller” (not going into the tourist-traveller debate here), people always find that there’s a lot to do in Genting Highlands. Although it is largely an amusement park, the resort has been designed is such a way that everyone will pretty much find some reason or the other to hangover that extra minute.
Outdoor Amusement Park
If you are to spend an entire day at Genting Highlands, and not planning to stay overnight; then on reaching, immediately kick-start your adventure there if you want to make most of the place.
The outdoor amusement park of Genting Highlands however, could not entertain me much. I soon got bored as I found that the outdoor isn’t that adult-friendly. There were a few rides, some were even closed or not on working condition. Only a few kids and some teenagers were making most of the rides that were operational. To get a better view of the outdoor (and indoor) park area, take a ride on the elevated toy train. This toy train, that has an indoor station, circumnavigates the whole of the resort and park area.
The seven hotels of Resort World comprise a large area in the outdoor section. For travellers, who want to stay overnight, these hotels are a great place to be as they provide several tourist-friendly services, including side tours, casino and stage shows.
Indoor Fun Adult Freindly
Most of the crowd hang out in here. There is one Las Vegas themed area complete with miniature Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower, and automated gondolas, that take you on ride along “Venetian Canal.”
There are a handful of Asian and Western restaurants and food stalls, cafes, Thai massage parlour, oriental fish spa, shops selling branded merchandise, and there’s a even a casino! (very adult-friendly, right?)
Chin Swee Temple
Whether they are there for a day’s trip or an overnight vacation, tourists here, mostly give it a try to devote a few hours to the Chin Swee Cave Temple. This Taoist Temple is located close to Genting Highlands. The First World Hotel provides complimentary bus services to Chin Swee Temple. Check the bus schedule here.
Why People go to Genting Highland?
I guess, it’s the whole journey combined with the cool weather.
The bus trip from KL city to the Cable Car station is a pleasant ride along the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur. Genting Highlands is located at an altitude of 1740 metres and the temperature remains cooler here as compared to downtown Kuala Lumpur.
The hills usually remain covered with fog and this make the glide along the cable car route even more mystical. Then finally, you have a fun place to unwind. Even I loved my day there and I now know why tourists in Malaysia are sooo over-the-top about Genting Highlands.